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Why Are Atheists In This Section Saying That My Religion Is Not A Religion When It Is? My religion is the religion of atheism, and it greatly saddens me when atheists insist that it is not a religion. We, as rational Individuals, all know its true. Atheism is indeed picking a side, choosing a religion based on what they believe. Iâve heard their rejoinders: If atheism is a religion, then not playing baseball is a sport. Or, atheism is to religion what bald is to hair color. Why are they attempting to deceive themselves and others of our religion by denying our religion?
A religion doesnât have to posit a god who must be identified or worshiped. Some religions are polytheistic (Hinduism, Mormonism), some monotheistic (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), some non-theistic (Buddhism). Iâd say many adherents of our religion of atheism are âanti-theistic.â But our atheism is religious nonetheless. Consider this:
We have our worldview. Materialism (the view that the material world is all there is) is the lens through which a lot of our atheist adherents view the world. Many interpret all data within the very narrow worldview of materialism.
We have our own orthodoxy. Orthodoxy is a set of beliefs acceptable to a faith community. Just as there are orthodox Christian beliefs, there is an atheist orthodoxy as well. In brief, it is that EVERYTHING can be explained as the Product of unintentional, undirected, purposeless evolution. No truth claim is acceptable if it cannot be subjected to scientific scrutiny.
We have our own brand of apostasy. Apostasy is to abandon oneâs former religious faith. Antony Flew was for many years one of the worldâs most prominent atheists. And then he did the unthinkable: he changed his mind. You can imagine the response of the âopen-minded, tolerantâ New Atheist movement. Flew was vilified. Richard Dawkins accused Flew of âtergiversation.â Itâs a fancy word for apostasy. By their own admission, then, Flew abandoned their âfaith.â
We have our own prophets: Nietzsche, Russell, Feuerbach, Lenin, Marx.
We have their own messiah: He is, of course, Charles Darwin. Darwin â drove the definitive stake through the heart of theism by providing a comprehensive explanation of life that never needs God as a cause or explanation. Daniel Dennett has even written a book seeking to define religious faith itself as merely an evolutionary development.
We have our own preachers and evangelists. Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens (Speaking of which are NOT out to ask that atheism be given respect. They are seeking converts. They are preaching a âgospelâ calling for the end of theism.
We have faith. Thatâs right, faith. Some of our adherents would have you believe the opposite. Atheist writings ridicule faith, condemn faith. Harrisâs book is called The End of Faith. It is a faith-based enterprise. The existence of God cannot be proven or disproven. To deny it takes faith. Evolution has no explanation for why our universe is orderly, predictable, measurable. In fact evolutionary theory has no rational explanation for why there is such a thing as rational explanation. There is no Accounting for the things they hope you wonât ask: Why do we have self-awareness? What makes us conscious? From what source is there a universal sense of right and wrong? We just take such unexplained things by â¦ faith.
So why are they still saying that our religion is not a relgiion when it is? please my fellow adherents, don’t deny our religion.